An Introduction to CoWorking Office Spaces
We at the Gettysburg Grind are huge fans of the coworking movement. In fact, the philosophy of coworking informs much of what we do. But if you haven’t already heard of coworking before, you’re probably wondering what it is, and why it could be good for your business.
To put it simply, coworking office spaces are membership-based work spaces where diverse professionals work together in a shared setting. These professionals can include freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals. Coworking culture is collaborative and supportive by nature, and allow members to maintain their professionalism and independence.
Coworking is a concept that took off in 2005 and has since grown into a fully-fledged movement of modern concept collaboration. It’s the ability to share professional office space with other individuals and thrive off of the “hive-mind” of your coworkers, even if they are working in entirely different fields.
The Downsides of Working from Home
Working from home is one of those things that people dream about when working in a traditional office setting. It sounds like a dream for so many reasons, and working from home does have its advantages. However, it also has plenty of disadvantages too. There always seem to be distractions: other family members, chores, a blaring television in the background. Moreover, it can be hard to maintain a work-life balance when at home. When you work from home, there’s always “just” one more task to do. And even worse, it can be lonely, isolating, and just downright uninspiring.
But traditional office spaces can be expensive – especially for remote workers, freelance professionals, and small businesses. This is where coworking office spaces come in. Because they are not only cheaper (and therefore more affordable), but come with a whole host of other benefits too.
The Advantages of Coworking Office Spaces
The first thing to know about coworking office spaces is that members thrive. No really, they do. We even have data on this to prove it!
In a survey conducted by Deskmag, people who work in coworking spaces reported being more productive, confident, and creative. Reports showed that 71% of people surveyed were more creative and 62% reported a significant increase in productivity. Even better, 90% said they felt more confident when coworking. Additionally, 70% reported that they felt healthier than they did working in a traditional office setting.”
None of this is a surprise, at least not to us. Coworking spaces are creative spaces, spaces in which people with different skill-sets can collaborate and brainstorm. Members can choose when they work, choosing the working hours that actually work for them. There is a sense of community, and members benefit from countless opportunities to learn from peers. And as there is typically little direct competition between members, members feel more able to be themselves.
That’s right, you even get to leave the office persona behind!
Sounds great, doesn’t it?